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A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon

Crater Lake summer ride

Phil Buonpastore
July 8, 2014

The forested Wizard Island is an emerald green jewel in the sapphire blue Crater Lake. How far can you ride in three days? That was the question I asked myself while planning a loop tour from the city of Seattle into western Oregon. In early July, I had a three-day window and had been looking for the... Read more »

Rocketing Through the Cascades on Triumph’s Rocket III Touring

North Cascades Scenic Highway

Clement Salvadori
June 3, 2014

The average view when rolling along the North Cascades Scenic Highway is glorious—rides don’t get much better than this. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Bob Reichenberg) One day I got a postcard from friends who were up on the North Cascades Scenic Highway (Washington Route 20), showing the... Read more »

Sierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California’s Motorcycle Playground

Capitol Rock

Tom Culbertson
April 3, 2014

Capitol Rock as seen from Sierra Way Highway just north of Johnsondale, California. For most motorcyclists, riding the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California means cruising over passes like Ebbetts, Carson, Monitor, Sonora or Tioga, or visiting the great national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings... Read more »

Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

Black Mountains, Arizona

Clement Salvadori
March 6, 2014

The CB500X and I are headed up to Oatman on old Route 66 and have pulled off the road to take a picture of the Black Mountains. There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and... Read more »

An Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-To

Alaska by Motorcycle

Steven M. Green
February 28, 2014

Every adventurous motorcyclist dreams of riding to a far-off destination like Alaska on the spur of the moment; just drop everything and take off for a month or a year. If you’re not going on an organized tour, though, the reality requires some serious planning. Especially if you have just returned... Read more »

Down To Downieville: Rural California Motorcycle Ride

Sierra Buttes

Denis Rouse
February 3, 2014

Sierra Buttes as seen from the lookout near Bassetts Station on Highway 49. My machine had been idle too long during a busy summer, occupied by matters far less important than riding, so I said to Cookie (Gwen’s father called her that and it stuck and I like it), “Let’s blow out of here on an overnighter... Read more »

The Cascade Loop: The Best of the Northwest

Whidbey Island

Phil Buonpastore
December 31, 2013

Whidbey Island’s beautiful sunset is the finale of a perfect riding day. (Photos by Phil Buonpastore) Riding a motorcycle in the Pacific Northwest is chock full of yin and yang. The sometimes long dreary winters feature predominantly gray skies and rain that lasts for weeks, but the summer months can... Read more »

Palouse Wheatland Treasures: Motorcycle Ride Through Washington

Benjamin B. Getz
November 11, 2013

The fall crop of Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) seems to be thriving along State Route 26, but looks like an unpleasant encounter should one leave the road. (Photos by Benjamin B. Getz) Fall…not my favorite verb, but definitely my favorite time of year for riding at the latitude where I live. Those... Read more »

Adventure on the Alcan: From Dawson Creek to Delta Junction and Beyond

St. Elias mountain range

Frederick Tressler
October 9, 2013

I had been riding on a level plateau for a couple of days, a place where endless fields of wheat merge with the sky and arrow-straight roads melt into the distance. Western Canada’s Prairie Provinces have a beauty all their own. My thoughts, however, were not on the grassy plain. Instead, all I could... Read more »

Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Lone Pine and the almost-dry Owens Lake

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2013

Back roads make me happy. Two lanes, little traffic, preferably with lots of curves and undulations, rather like the better parts of California Routes 58, 120 and 178. Lots of gear changes, lots of lean, maybe a little braking on occasion when the yellow and black warning sign says 30 mph and the speedo... Read more »

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